Banner
Home Projects Car About

Parking Sensor Installation



Parking can be a little tricky in my neighborhood, so having a parking aid is very helpful. The kit I purchased uses two laser sensors to calculate the distance from a front-facing obstacle and emits a warning tone from the processor box.


The laser sensors need to be installed at the front of the car, and they fit well inside the grill. A Dremel tool is used to cut the plastic for the sensors to fit.


The grill with cutouts for both sensors in the top right and left corners.


The brackets for mounting the sensors were a little too long, so they also had to be cut shorter.


Both sensors are installed in place using screws and brackets.


A close-up photo for one of the sensors. It fits snugly and is aligned to point directly in front of the car.


To reduce the visibility of the screws, I covered them with some flat black touch-up paint.


The sensor wires are routed alongside the wires from the HID lights I installed previously. They are routed through the ECU box and into the passenger cabin.


All the wires are tidied up using zip-ties, and the ECU box is re-sealed.


Moving into the passenger cabin, I decided to wire the parking sensor to a relay controlled by the Euroswitch. When the Euroswitch is pulled once into the "front fog light" position, the relay is energized and provides power to the parking sensor processor box. This works very well since I do not have front fog lights in my car, and this position of the switch can be completely dedicated to the parking sensor.


The relays fit in the relay panel underneath the dashboard (I installed a second relay for the rear fog lights as well, and used it for my radar detector installation). The remaining wires need to be connected to the proper power sources as well as to the positions on the Euroswitch.


The fog light pins on the Euroswitch are shown in the diagram from the HID lights installation. The appropriate control wires from the relays (red) are fed through the areas on the connector harness that correspond to the fog lights.


With the wiring complete, I needed to find a position for the processor box that had an opening for the speaker. Fortunately, there is an unused cutout underneath the lower dashboard (below the ODB2 port) that is a perfect size for the speaker.


An Exacto knife is used to cut away the deadener cloth so the processor box will fit. It is affixed in place using Velcro.


A view from the other side shows the speaker perfectly placed inside the opening!


Because the connector harness did not have wires connected to the fog light pins, I decided to solder the relay wires directly onto the Euroswitch after passing them through the connector harness. The wires are thin enough that the connector harness can still slide over top of them and mate with the Euroswitch. After buttoning up the dashboard, the parking sensor is tested and works great!


Costs:

Parking sensor $450.00

Total $450.00


Top